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Montour Falls village board 07/06/09

Meeting:  The Montour Falls village board met Monday, July 6 for three hours.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There were three members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The village will return the Yacht Club’s half payment and lease agreement, and also send an eviction letter.  Mayor Donna Kelley explained the Yacht Club had sent in the lease for the village to sign, but had crossed off the portions about insurance and paying taxes.  Kelly said without insurance it was an “absolute no way.”
• Clerk Suzanne Casselberry said there was another issue with the 2009 tax roll with an exemption miscalculation.  The village now needs to find somewhere in the budget to replace $8,200 Romero Village should have gotten.  Kelley said there was still between $2,000 to $3,000 in the landfill fund.
• The board approved the  new Web site agreement which will cost $100 per month.  Kelley said the village attorney was fine with it.
• The board also authorized the village to do business with HSBC bank.
• The agreement with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department was signed for services.  The village added to this year’s agreement that one hour per week should be spent patrolling several streets for speeding.  Trustee Jim Howell said he was unsure of one part of the agreement that mentioned Routes 14 and 226.  He explained he did not want the sheriff covering those roads on village time because the state police also cover them.
• The board approved a $120 refund to a camper for a weekend campsite at the marina.  The camper had a death in the family.
Discussion without action:  During public comment period, Jodie Saunders told the board she did not like being blocked in for 12 hours during the Pride Ride this weekend.  She lives on West Main Street, which was closed off for the event.  Saunders said being blocked in for a few hours during other events is another thing, but 12 hours is a long time.  She asked if in the future there could be spots reserved nearby for her and her neighbor.  Saunders also had concerns about the contractors for the Montour House taking up the two-hour parking all day on Main Street.  She added she operates a day care out of her house and her customers need to be able to stop quickly and pick up their children.  Kelley said she did talk to the workers about using the municipal lot.
• Carol Sue McCue, owner of the Herb Cottage bed and breakfast, also spoke during public comment period.  She wanted to know if a decibel limit sign could be put up near her business to try and cut down on traffic noise.  McCue said she was approaching the board because for the first time she had a customer leave and want a refund because of the noise.
• Decision on an emergency response service agreement was tabled.  Casselberry explained the fire department entered in a trial period to use a new system.  Firefighters and EMTs call a number to announce they are responding when the call for help goes out.  At the fire station, the system shows the fire chief who is coming based on the phone calls.  The trial was for February only, but the service has been in use since.  The village owes $200 per month for March to May.  Casselberry explained to sign-up for the service, it would cost $800 per year, plus 2.8 cents for each phone call made (not to exceed $300).  The board wanted more specifics on the calling charges before deciding.
• The board heard about how twice the pipes at the marina’s new bathroom were backed up by wads of paper towels.  Kelley said the paper towel dispensers were taken out of the bathrooms because of this.
• Kelley said the board should at least look into prices for a bucket truck or a similar piece of equipment.  She explained the village can no longer rent a bucket truck.  One is needed multiple times throughout the year to hang banners, flags, and decorations.  She said, “the amount of money we spent renting one we could have bought one.”  Howell suggested looking into if another municipality is interested in sharing one.
Upcoming meeting:  The next regular meeting will be Monday July 20 at 7 p.m. 

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